Tynell’s original 1972 Pendant featured a shade made from slats of Finnish aspen. This has been updated to bamboo – a material that shares the visual quality, durability, and flexibility of aspen, but which is fast-growing and therefore more rapidly renewable. Similar to the other Tynell lamps 9205 and 9602, the bamboo slats are hand sewn into a pleated mat and fastened by hand to the wire frame, with a linen liner in between.
Paavo Tynell (1890-1973) was an industrial designer, known as the great pioneer of Finnish lighting design and fondly dubbed as “the man who illuminated Finland”. Tyne was one of the founders and chief designers of Taito Oy – the first industrial producer of lighting fixtures in Finland. With the innovation of electricity in the beginning of the 20th century, Taito Oy and Tynell expanded the thinking and manufacturing of modern lighting solutions in Europe and abroad.
Tynell rose to prominence in the 1930s and 40s where he collaborated with some of the most renowned Finnish architects, Alvar Aalto being the most notable one. Working to incorporate artificial lighting into modern environments, Tynell’s company Taito Oy produced fixtures for all of Alvar Aalto’s major projects including the Paimio Sanatorium and the Viipuri Library.
Today his lamps and lighting are highly sought after by an international clientele of collectors and prices of his most important pieces have lately soared on auctions.